Infant Hospital Death Ruled Homicide

A Las Vegas hospital is facing criminal charges over the death of an infant whose umbilical catheter was severed, reports say.

The child, who died in Sunrise Children's Hospital in Las Vegas, was ruled a homicide by the coroner's office, reports say.

The Clark County Coroner's office mean the death of 2-month-old Miowne Obote, although not necessarily murder, was as a direct result of the negligence of the hospital, reports say. The infant reportedly suffered severe bleeding when the catheter was severed, causing a fatal lack of oxygen to the brain, ultimately causing the infant's death.

Although the hospital describes the catheter as "interrupted," not severed, the licenses of hospital neonatal intensive care unit nurses Jessica May Rice and Sharon Ochoa-Reyes were reportedly suspended after a police investigation into other incidents of disrupted catheters.

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